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See What Unlikely Source Inspired This Wedding

Chris and Alice are innovators. Reason being? Their big day was inspired by mustard seeds. That’s right, and if that doesn’t make you think twice about your average spice then maybe a talented vendor team like A Good Affair Wedding & Event ProductionTEAM Hair and MakeupElevated Pulse ProductionsFound Vintage RentalsLittle Hill Floral Designs and Brandon Kidd Photography will. Watch dreams become reality in The Vault!

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From A Good Affair Wedding & Event ProductionFrom the moment I spoke to Alice on the phone I knew we were a perfect match for one another. She wanted someone who would help her find the perfect venue for her Southern California destination wedding and someone who would give her a personal experience during the planning process. We clicked right away and I knew I was in for a really amazing time with Alice and Chris! When it came to designing their wedding I wanted to incorporate personal details that had meaning for them and capture Alice’s eclectic style into the design. Going for an All Saints meets Romance vibe I set out to create an outdoor ceremony and reception at Montage Laguna Beach that was romantic but relaxed. Their intimate wedding had guests from all over the world, all first timers to California so we wanted them to experience what SoCal is all about. From the CA cookies to the In-N-Out truck for late night snacks, we created surprises throughout the day for them to enjoy. What I loved most about Alice and Chris’s wedding was the custom lighting canopy at dinner and the gorgeous ceremony, it truly was the perfect oceanfront destination wedding.

From the Bride… Chris and I met in 2008 at Washington University in St. Louis while pursuing our MBA degrees. Prior to orientation, I had sent him a Facebook friend request with the intention of getting to know ALL my new classmates but Chris will stand by that I made the “first move!” Our class was split into two groups, Chris and I were in the opposite groups, so, I didn’t get to know him until a few months later into our program. I remember one of the first times I saw him in the hallway, I tried to high-five him, but instead, I hit him in the eye! Over the next several months, Chris and I began to have classes together and of course, that led to “study dates”. Chris and I never had a “first date” – our relationship evolved from friendship to love little by little. I truly believe this is what makes our connection so strong.

Mustard seeds have a very special meaning in Chris’ life. Inspired by his Mom and taken from the scripture, it is symbolic of faith. We filled small apothecary bottles with mustard seeds and used it as place card holders by tying our guests’ table assignment with a leather band. We love to travel and our guests travelled from all over the world to share in our special day. Rather than a traditional guest book, we asked our guests to sign our globe (found at Anthropologie). Chris and I wrote on our vows and it was really special to recite our own written words in front of family and friends. True to my personality and an ode to our favorite show, I quoted Cam Tucker from Modern Family.

Even though Chris and I met in St. Louis and were living there at the time, it was not our hometown. Since almost all of our guests would have had to travel, we thought it would be more fun to visit a destination with beautiful landscape and amazing weather. Chris and I love California and immediately, the vision of warm sun, crashing waves and cool breeze appeared. We wanted a venue that would put you at ease the moment you stepped onto the property, a venue that embodied nature and simply put you at peace. When we stepped through the grand entrance of Montage Laguna Beach and stood at the balcony, we literally gasped and it took our breath away. We knew then it was the perfect venue.

Every wedding is unique, take the time to research and set priorities early with your fiancé. Always come back to these priorities when decisions become tough. It’ll help guide the way!
For the bride – even with a designer/planner, your life will be consumed with wedding planning because you find it fun but your partner likely won’t! Set aside time to talk about the wedding rather than letting it dominate every conversation and meal. My approach with Chris was that I would set aside 30 minutes each week to share with him all the progress that had been made and where I needed his input. Rather than asking him to help come up with a concept, I often asked him to pick between 2-3 options. Another quick tip: when he says he doesn’t care, he genuinely doesn’t care, don’t push him, go with what you like!Hire the best photographer and videographer your budget allows. The love, joy and touching moments of the day captured will last a lifetime.

Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography | Cinematography: Good Time Productions | Floral Design: Little Hill Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Darla Marie Designs | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Band: The VIP's | Favors: Melissa Barbakoff | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Rev. Dr. Mike Decker | Bride's Veil: Vera Wang | Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale | Bridesmaid Dress: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaid Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Musician: Denny White | DJ + Photobooth + Lighting: Elevated Pulse Productions | Event Planning + Event Design: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Late Night Catering: In-N-Out Burger | Renals: Found Vintage Rentals

From mustard seeds to rosé, get inspired below! 

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Boho Chic Has Never Looked So Pretty

A vibrant wildflower flower crown, colorful cowboy boots, a pretty lace wedding dress, sunflowers all around and rustic wood elements — it doesn’t get any more bohemian chic than this. And with photos from Anne-Claire Brun Photography, it doesn’t get any prettier, either. Head to The Vault to see them all!

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From Anne-Claire BrunI had never attended a wedding so colorful and filled with so many flowers! Larissa is a elementary teacher and William’s a fireman. Their ceremony was right at sunset, surrounded by hundreds of flowers and their vows were beautiful.

The venue, River Ridge Ranch, was so gorgeous! I loved the rustic feel and the romantic vibe throughout the entire day, and please, check out the arch of flowers! Talk about incredible!

From The Bride…William and Larissa met on a church trip when they were 16. She called him a cowboy, he thought she was a girly girl. Fast Forward to SIX YEARS LATER…William walks into Starbucks where Larissa is studying. She notices a “country-lookin man” from the corner of her eye, and hoped he would notice her. Little did she know it was William Wells. They talked for two and a half hours that day, met up that night at a concert and the next day realized they had so much in common: a love for the outdoors, the country side, Springville, hiking, the river, coffee, bright colored running shoes, all types of music, and of course Alan Jackson. He picked her a wild sunflower every time they were together after that. They fell in love and the rest is history. Only 8 1/2 months later he asked her to marry him and of course she said yes! Its crazy to think that William Wells grew up only five minutes from Larissa his whole life, and that he would soon marry the girl next door.

March 12th, 2015. It was a gorgeous spring day and I (Larissa) was home visiting for the weekend. William planned a day full of many surprises, a day I will always remember. We both find joy in God’s beautiful creation, so naturally, he planned a picnic for us on the cattle ranch that his family manages. We picked up food from Orange Works, our favorite place to eat in town. As we finished up our picnic under a beautiful oak tree, he took me to another spot on the ranch. As we walked into a beautiful field of wildflowers, we began to pick wildflower bouquets (one of my favorite things to do). As we picked the flowers, he began to talk to me about things he looks forward to in our future, when we get married, and what he loves about me. We came across a rare batch of yellow daisies that I thought were so beautiful. I hugged him and felt his heart beating fast, which made me think something was going on. As I began to walk away I said, “I’m going to pick more wildflowers.” Very smoothly he replied, “Can I ask you a question first?” He got down on one knee and my immediate reaction was, “Is this really happening right now? Are you kidding me? Are you serious? Oh my gosh!” He said yes, and then asked me, “Larissa Jade Clem, will you marry me, be my wife, and become Larissa Jade Wells?” And of course I said YES! He then put the most beautiful ring I have ever seen on my finger. After a moment of taking in the fact that he just proposed to me, my friend Brittney and William’s sister Bekah came out from behind a rock taking photos of us. We continued to take pictures in the wildflowers where he proposed. Afterwards he had yet another surprise: an engagement party with both of our families and close friends! It was a day full of such joy , celebration, and love. I am beyond grateful that God brought the man of my dreams, William Wells, into my life to spend forever with.

The planning process was a complete JOY! It has always been a dream of mine to become a wedding decorator/planner myself someday, so planning my very own was a blast! I enjoyed putting a lot of thought into every little detail. My favorite part was figuring out what would make our wedding unique to us as a couple.

I would like to call my wedding style a mixture of country, bohemian, wildflowers, and rustic. My wedding style was inspired by mine and William’s upbringing living in a small country town. We both grew up in the same small town on ranches. So naturally, we decided to make our wedding fit our lifestyles and what showed our personalities the most. Hence, my groom wore blue jeans, boots and a cowboy hat. I LOVE wildflowers. Spring time in our small town is absolutely beautiful with wildflowers blanketing the hills. I wanted my wedding to encompass a wildflower theme with bright colors and flowers. I wanted it to look cheerful and happy. I love bright colors, so of course my wedding had to be colorful too!

My favorite moment of the day was saying my personalized vows. There were so many feelings leading up to that moment– nerves, excitement, tears of joy, happiness. When I was finally looking into the eyes of my groom and noticed how his eyes were locked on mine, I felt so incredibly loved and cared for…I felt like the most beautiful bride in his eyes. As I said the last part of my vows, I looked up and noticed how beautiful the sun looked shining through the trees and I felt warmth and a deep sense of love from the creator and from my groom. This is the part of my vows that stands out to me, “William, before our friends and family, and before God as we are surrounded by His beautiful creation—I vow all of these things to you, I commit my heart and faithfulness to you fully and truly as your wife for as long as we both shall live.”

Processional:
For wedding party: Cowboys and Angels by Dustin Lynch
Bride processional: From this Moment On by Shania Twain
Recessional: True Love is a Golden Ring by Alan Jackson
First Dance: Look at Me by Alan Jackson

I played mostly country western music at my wedding, but later in the night during the reception we played hip-hop dancing music too (when I busted out the pink high top nikes)!

My advice for those who are planning now would be to make the wedding reflect who you are as a couple. Also, spend extra for the little details that matter most to you, like flowers, photography and so on. Enjoy the process…It may seem like the wedding planning is daunting or overwhelming at times (especially towards the end), but every effort is so worth it in the end when you see your dreams and hard work come to life! Another thing I didn’t realize would happen is how emotional I was the day before and the day of my wedding. The smallest things easily upset me because I was overwhelmed by emotions and the busyness of it all. But don’t worry, it happens! Try not to let those little things bother you. It is your day, the biggest day of your life! Smile and remember the reason why you’re getting married– to spend forever with the love of your life. And that is what it’s all about!

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Photography: Anne-Claire Brun Photography | Cinematography: Matrimony Media | Cinematography: Luke Severn | Event Design: Tia Weemes | Event Planning: Bride | Floral Design: Lisa Gammel | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Martha Medina | Jewelry: Special Occasions | Makeup: Alyssa Villanueva | Hair: Jenny Aldaco | DJ: Ben Weemes | Groom's Attire: Laredo | Officiant: Kyle Rice | Venue: River Ridge Ranch | Bridal Boutique: JLM Couture | Bride’s Shoes: Old Gringo | Groom’s Ring: Etsy by Maggidesigns

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A Teenage Love Story with a Surprise Twist 58 Year Later!

When Audrey and Elvie married at just 17 and 18 years old, they knew they love was the real deal. 58 years later, their children and grandchildren helped throw the surprise of their life. Their event planner granddaughter, who works with Alluring Events & Design organized a backyard vow renewal officiated by their son with three generations of family in attendance. Wendy Warrick photographed, and it’s a true testament to the beauty of marriage.

From Alluring Events + DesignAt the ages of 15 and 16 Audrey and Elvie met in church and started dating, it didn’t take long for them to realize their love for each other. At the time, Elvie drove a black 1950 Mercury that he kept in pristine condition (a very cool car for a 16 year old boy). One day he decided he’d use orange paint and paint “Audrey” across the passenger door so the world would know that Audrey was his girl. Just a few short years later, on June 21, 1958, at the ages of 17 and 18, Audrey and Elvie were married in Porterville California.

Fast-forward 58 years, 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren later to June 21, 2016 and you get an unforgettable anniversary surprise. Their grand daughter, Rachele, a planner with Alluring Events + Design, along with the help of her family, designed and planned a surprise 58th anniversary vow renewal for their ‘Nana and Papa’.

“Earlier in the day we arrived at Nana and Papa’s house and got them ready for the big day, it was hard to keep the secret and get them all dolled up in dress clothes on a 95 degree day, but they went along with the surprise and trusted our excited (and mysterious) expressions.”

The first surprise of the day was a styled photo shoot just for the two of them. Next they were whisked off to a second location and kept inside until the reveal of the next big surprise was ready; the vow renewal in the backyard of their daughter’s home. It was an evening filled with tears and laughter as they walked down the aisle and recommitted their love and lives to each other. Their son officiated the intimate ceremony and their 3 generations of family watched in the seats behind them. Audrey and Elvie were absolutely surprised by the events of the day; each moment was a rush of emotion and joy.

“We wanted the evening to be just like Nana and Papa; Sweet, simple and a little bit country. The details and décor we chose were intentional and thought through; each piece had a purpose and represented them. Nana’s favorite shades of blue adorned the table and fruit picking baskets were used in the centerpieces to reflect their newlywed years when they spent hours each day working in the fields and orchards picking fruit together to support their young family. Vintage china, antique chairs, galvanized elements and shabby accents helped bring in the ‘country cottage’ feel that Nana and Papa love. Even the dinner we chose was a meal full of their favorite foods; fried chicken, honey cornbread, chicken and dumplings, fried okra and bacon green beans, with sweet tea and lemonade to drink plus peach, apple and strawberry rhubarb pies for dessert, yum!”

The love was palpable and it was clear that Audrey and Elvie had created a legacy of love and people who adored them in every way. They are a shinning example of unconditional love and devotion. It was a magical evening with memories that will be cherished forever. “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be”.


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Photography: Weddings by Wendy Warrick | Floral Design: Alluring Events & Design | Venue: At Home | Dessert Cookies: Yellow Kitchen Cakes | Event Planning, Design, Styling + Coordination: Alluring Events & Design | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Signage: Throne Invitations | Tabletop Rentals: Botanica Events By Audrey Chaney